information design through screens & objects

Compass Radio

concept, design, fabrication
A radio that helps you feel closer to the people you care about all over the world. The radio acts like a compass: when you orient it towards a city where someone important to you lives, it plays a radio station from that place. For me, the radio is programmed to orient to Boston, MA; Ann Arbor, MI; San Francisco, CA; Dubai, UAE; and Seoul, Korea.

The radio depends on an WiFi-enabled MCU (ESP8266), an MP3 decoder (VS1053), and an orientation sensor (BNO055).